Homs, (SANA) When looking at images of Oum al-Zennar Church in Homs Old City before and after terrorists passed through it, the contrast can be quite jarring. The wounded church stands today as a testament to the hate-fueled Wahabi mentality of the terrorist groups wreaking havoc in Syria.
The Church, whose Arabic name means « she who bears the girdle » in reference to the Virgin Mary and the Girdle of Thomas, the relic which the Virgin Mary gave to Saint Thomas the Apostle before her assumption to heaven, can now be rebuilt anew after the terrorists who desecrated it have fled Homs Old City
Al-Barazi also inspected the Jesuit Fathers Convent, where Father Francis van der Lugt was killed and where he was buried, Oum al-Zennar Church, and a number of shops and alleys, saying that the efforts will not focus on al-Waer area in order to resolve its status and make all of Homs clear of gunmen.
At Oum al-Zennar Church, chargé d’affaires of the Syriac Orthodox PAtriachate of Homs and Hama, Father Peter Qessis, said « today, after more than two days, we’re back again to our homes and our churches where we were raised and where we lived. »
He told SANA’s correspondent that the damage to the church surprised everyone, likening it to the devastation left behind by the Mongols and Tatars when they sacked Baghdad.
Azouzi & Mahasham